Making things a little more complicated, Mother’s Day is not celebrated on a specific date each year. Instead, it’s celebrated on the second Sunday in May. This means that the actual date will vary from year to year, although it’ll always be on a Sunday. Mother’s Day will be celebrated on May 10 in 2015.
Mother’s Day is a holiday that is observed by many, but it’s not an official federal holiday. Since it’s not an official federal holiday, most government entities will keep their regular business hours. The key to remember is that it’s on a Sunday when most federal businesses would have normally been closed anyway.
Most banks will be closed. If a holiday is not a federal holiday, then most banks will keep their normal business hours. That’s the case with Mother’s Day. However, since Mother’s Day is on a Sunday, most banks won’t be open just as they are usually not open on regular Sundays. The two exceptions to this are TD Bank and Citizens Bank (grocery store branches) which have their branches open on most Sundays. TD Bank and the Citizens Bank grocery store branches will be open on Mother’s Day.
Most credit unions will be closed. Much like banks, if a holiday isn’t a federal holiday, credit unions will be open. Since Mother’s Day is on a Sunday, however, they will be closed because most do not open on Sunday, although there are a few regional credit unions that are open on Sunday.
While bank and credit union branches won’t be open, the ATMs at them will work. This will allow customers to do basic financial transactions on Mother’s Day if they need to. Along the same lines, your bank or credit union’s website can be used to do many different financial transactions even on days they are closed for a holiday.
Most post offices will be closed on Mother’s Day because it’s on a Sunday. Again, they’re not closing because of the holiday, but because they are normally closed on all Sundays. If you have a post office that happens to be open on Sundays, you should contact it to verify that it will also be open on Mother’s Day.
Since Mother’s Day lands on a Sunday, and it’s not a federal holiday, there’s very little disruption to the normal weekend routine of most businesses. Chances are that you will be able to go about the day as you would any other Sunday with no differences in what is and isn’t open.
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